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    Image: A baby loggerhead sea turtle crawls to the sea after being released by members of the Brazilian Sea Turtle National Conservation Program, at the Costa do Sauipe resort in Sao Joao da Mata

    Animal Tracks: Dec. 5 - 11

    From a baby turtle heading out to sea for the first time to a monkey with national pride, get your cuteness fix with adorable animals both big and small.

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    Shakin' it -

    Four-year-old Spanish thoroughbred Nevisco III shakes its head during the Sicab International Horse Fair in the Andalusian capital of Seville on Dec. 5. The show runs until Dec. 8 and is dedicated exclusively to Spanish thoroughbreds.
    Marcelo Del Pozo / Reuters
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    Santa goes swimming -

    A diver dressed as Santa Claus feeds the sharks in Budapest's Tropicarium on Dec. 5.
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    Three little pigs -

    Pigs are pictured during a farmers protest in front of Italian parliament in downtown Rome on Dec. 5. Italian farmers paraded small pink pigs in protest outside parliament, declaring they were being driven to ruin by hams and salami sold as "Made in Italy" but produced largely elsewhere.
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    Mom? -

    An Andean baby condor chick named Raiman Noe nuzzles up to a latex puppet that is a surrogate adult condor bird at the Buenos Aires zoo on Dec. 5. The puppet is designed to prevent the baby bird from becoming attached to humans. Chicks bred this way are released to their natural environment within three years, according to a press release from the zoo. The 13-day-old chick weighed 196 grams when it was born.
    Enrique Marcarian / Reuters
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    Back to the sea -

    A baby loggerhead sea turtle crawls to the sea after being released by members of the Brazilian Sea Turtle National Conservation Program at the Costa do Sauipe resort in Sao Joao da Mata, Brazil, on Dec. 5. Founded in 1980, the Tamar project works on the protection, research and management of the sea turtles in Brazil. Over the past 33 years, the project has protected 15,000,000 sea turtle hatchlings, the organization said.
    Ricardo Moraes / Reuters
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    Take off -

    An egret prepares to fly near the Galle Face beach in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Dec. 9.
    Dinuka Liyanawatte / Reuters
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    National pride -

    Standing among protesters, a pet monkey grabs a Thai national flag at Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, on Dec. 8.
    Vincent Thian / AP
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    Racing ahead -

    Stags and deers race across a snow-covered meadow in Neustadt am Ruebenberge, Germany, on Dec. 6.
    Alexander Korner / AFP - Getty Images
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    Baby croc -

    A Pakistani employee shows a crocodile hatchling to visitors at the Wildlife Experience Centre in Karachi on Dec. 8. Newborn hatchlings are approximately 8.6 inches long and weigh around 60 grams.
    Rizwan Tabassum / AFP - Getty Images
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    Forest ferret -

    A ferret is pictured in a forest near Hoedingen, southern Germany, on Dec. 9.
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    Crown of gold -

    A grey crowned crane sits in its enclosure in Berlin's zoo on Dec. 10.
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    Frolicking family -

    An orca swims with its baby on Dec. 10 at the Marineland animal exhibition park in the French Riviera city of Antibes, France.
    Valery Hache / AFP - Getty Images
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    Big kiss -

    Robin Bidwell gets a kiss from Scooby Boo Bidwell, an 11-year-old rescued mini therapy horse, before an event celebrating the opening of the new and expanded Steinbrenner Emergency/Trauma Center at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa.

    The Hospital has the busiest children's emergency room in the Tampa Bay area, treating more than 45,000 children each year. The event featured pet therapy animals, tours, and children from the hospital's day care center singing holiday songs.
    Carolyn Van Houten / Zuma Press
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    On the prowl -

    Six-month-old female liliger cub Eva plays in the snow in a Zoo in Novosibirsk, Russia, on Dec. 5. The cub's mother is a liger named Zita, and it's father is a lion called Sam.
    Ilnar Salakhiev / AP